#SCBDExclusive NYC Craft Beer Festival- Spring Seasonals

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The beer events just keep on coming and if you enjoyed the Big Brew Beer Festival you’ll love this! The NYC Craft Beer Festival Spring Seasonals Edition will be making its way to NYC on March 30th at Lexington Avenue Armory (68 Lexington Avenue between 25th and 26th streets). The festival has two sessions to choose from:

SESSION 1: General Admission 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

 VIP & Connoisseur 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM

SESSION 2: General Admission 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM /

VIP & Connoisseur 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

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How it works: Everyone will be given a tasting glass and have the opportunity to try unlimited 2 oz tastings of approximately 150 craft beers from all over the country.  Food will be available for purchase for all attendees and there will be a selection of retail vendors on-site.  VIP and Connoisseur will have the first hour to themselves to sample these great brews and Connoisseurs will have a private lounge with rare selections and passed hors d’oeuvres throughout the session.  They will also be offering expert seminars for all attendees (first-come first-serve) that highlight key aspects of the craft beer industry including pairings, business, and more!

Check out some pictures from last year’s fest:

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General Admission Tickets purchased in advanced start at $55. To purchase tickets, click here, they will be selling out quickly!

Cheers!

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The 3rd Annual Tasting Brooklyn

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Last year, I had the pleasure of attending a great foodie event, Tasting Brooklyn. This year, the 3rd Annual Tasting Brooklyn will take place on April 16th from 6:30-9pm at The Green Building. Tickets just went on sale February 19th, so if you want to partake in this delicious and filling event, purchase yours quickly – it has sold out in advance both previous years, and it is worth it!

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Picture courtesy of Donny Tsang from Tasting Brooklyn 2011

What can you expect at Tasting Brooklyn? Food, food, and more food! Brooklyn’s best restaurants will feature tasty dishes for guests to try, including hot spots like Allswell, Dassara, Fort Reno, The Saint Austere, and many more. Need something to wash it all down with? No problem! Drinks will be provided by brands like Brooklyn Gin, Sixpoint Beer, Cacao Prieto, Clover Club and more.

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Picture courtesy of Donny Tsang from Tasting Brooklyn 2011

Tickets can be purchased here for $50 ($75 for VIP; includes exclusive preview from 5:30-6:30pm and gift bag of locally made Brooklyn treats). Proceeds from the event will benefit the Brooklyn Recovery Fund, which supports local nonprofit organizations working with communities and individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Gluten-Free Pizza Recipe

Over the last year, the one thing I learned is, when it comes to the gluten-free diet, one should always keep an open-mind and always experiment. I did just that this past week by trying gluten-free pizza for the first time!

Gluten-Free pizza was something I always wanted to try since the first moment I stopped eating gluten but I was always a little apprehensive about it at the same time. I wasn’t sure if I’d like the crust and I’ve heard from some gluten-free friends that if it’s not made correctly, the pizza as a whole can taste like cardboard with sauce and cheese on it.

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Gluten Free Pizza

But the on-the-fly recipe my family and I tried turned out to be pretty fantastic. A lot of it came from my boyfriend Luke, who made his own homemade pizza once before using non gluten-free Bisquick. Technically, this recipe is essentially his concoction!

Luke and his Gluten Free Pizza

Luke and his Gluten Free Pizza

Regardless if you have or have not tried gluten-free pizza yet, I suggest you try this recipe! It’s really simple, affordable, and fun for the entire family!

Gluten-Free Pizza Recipe (for +2 people)

Ingredients:

  •  2 cups of Gluten-Free Bisquick mix
  •  1 cup of Italian seasoning (IE: basil, parsley, rosemary garlic, etc)
  •  1 cup of water
  •  4 eggs, beaten
  •  2/3 cup oil
  •  Sauce, Cheese, Toppings (use your judgement on these)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F
  2. Grease pizza pan.
  3. Stir Bisquick mix, Italian seasoning, water, oil, and eggs until well combined. Spread mix in pan.
  4. Bake the crust for 15 minutes (NOTE: It may appear cracked, this is normal)
  5. Spread pizza sauce, cheese, and other toppings over crust.
  6. Bake 10-15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

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Hope you all enjoy this recipe! If you tried it, let me know what you thought in the comments!

#SCBD February Fun Foodie Favorites

February is well underway and I’m here to report some of my favorite foodie products.

1. Go Organic NYC

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Go Organic NYC, a food delivery service bringing boxes of fresh, organic produce to homes and offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, is now expanding to northern New Jersey. Consumers in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union counties can sign up to customize their own boxes of produce, or choose to receive a preset selection of fruits, vegetables and seasonal produce, delivered straight to their doorstep. There are no commitments, upfront fees or contracts, just boxes of fresh, organic, high quality produce delivered to consumers at intervals of their choosing. I received a box from Go Organic NYC a few months back and loved it! It was great having the best quality of produce delivered to your door! Go Organic NYC is offering all new customers a 20% off discount when they place their first order, here. To claim the coupon, enter GOORGANICPROMO upon checkout.

2. Eight O’ Clock K-Cups

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I love good coffee and was thoroughly impressed with the Eight O’ Clock K-Cups. I feel that most k-cups aren’t as strong as regular coffee but these are definitely an exception. I even came up with my own Cafe Mocha recipe that works great with them.

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Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. In a large mug, make Eight O’ Clock K-Cup in Keurig machine.
  2. Add hot cocoa mix of choice– add milk or sugar if needed.
  3. Top with whipped cream.
  4. Enjoy!

3. Wawa Single Serve Cups

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I grew up in Central Jersey kind of near the shore and Wawa is a staple down there. So when I was home for the holidays I had to pick up the Wawa Single Serve Cups. I love the Wawa brand and there is nothing like their coffee. Since there are no Wawa’s near me up in Bergen County these definitely conquer my craving and they are so cheap– only $10! If you don’t live near a Wawa you can also buy them online, here.

4. Love With Food Box

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I came across Love With Food when I was looking at a HARO email a few months ago so I had to check out for myself. I got the holiday box sent to me in the mail awhile ago and it is perfect. It was filled with fun holiday snacks, some flyers and a note from Love With Food. Love With Food is the easiest way to discover what’s tasty, delivered to your door! Every month, Love With Food members will receive a curated box of unique, hard-to-find tasty bites which varies based on seasonal themes. Say goodbye to boring grocery selections and HELLO to a monthly tasty surprise! Join Us on this tasty journey.

At Love With Food, they are passionate about helping the more than 16 million children in America who are at risk of hunger. For every box sold, they donate a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry. Join Us to help end childhood hunger one meal at a time!

5. Santa Teresa Rum

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During the storm this weekend I was able to open up my bottle of Santa Teresa Rum— the Santa Teresa Rum 1796 bottle. This is a great artisanal rum, best served on the rocks. It’s an aged, dark, delicious rum. Cheers!

6. Crave Jams

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Sisters & best friends, born and raised in the birthplace of the grass roots, Artisan Foodie movement, Brooklyn, NY. They currently live and work in the heart of the Garden State and are riding the crest of the current Food Entrepreneur/Small Business wave!
They specialize in creative twists and takes on traditional favorites! Each batch is lovingly prepared, using the freshest seasonal produce and finest quality ingredients & flavorings available. All Crave products are handmade, in small batches, from market fresh ingredients and canned with care.We source locally whenever possible and are very passionate about the quality of what you crave. All of their jars & labels are all made of recycled materials and we compost! Crave jarred products have a shelf life of 12 months unopened; please refrigerate and consume within 3 months of opening.

Here’s a peak into the Crave varietal menu (7oz jars – $10.95):

  • Balsamic Fig
  • Blueberry Mojito
  • Blackberry Bliss
  • Caramel Apple
  • Chunky Vanilla Pear
  • Cran-Marnier (Best Seller – Limited edition thru New Years)
  • Morning Glory Marmalade (Best Seller)
  • Strawberry Lemon Poppyseed (Best Seller)
  • Texas BBQ Sauce
To place an order or for more information:

Those are just a few of my foodie favorites for this month!

Stay tuned for more of my favorites next month!

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Cayenne-Spiced Popcorn Shrimp

The Super Bowl this past weekend has inspired me to amp up future super bowl soirees. Whether you are going to a friends or throwing your own shindig, come prepared. Go for something a little different than your average chicken wings and chips ‘n’ dip. This cayenne-spiced popcorn shrimp recipe, provided by amazing catering company Canard Inc. will have everyone begging for seconds thirds, whether you’re making it for the super bowl or not.

CAYENNE-SPICED POPCORN SHRIMP

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 5 teaspoons Cayenne Spice, recipe follows
  • 2 cups plain bread crumbs
  • 1 pound small shrimp (100 count per pound), peeled
  • 6 cups vegetable oil for frying

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

DIRECTIONS:
  1. In a medium-sized, non-reactive bowl combine the eggs, heavy cream, and 2 teaspoons of the Cayenne Spice. Whisk well to combine. In a separate bowl, blend the bread crumbs with the remaining 3 teaspoons of the Spice mix.
  2. Set a 1-gallon stockpot over medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil and preheat the oil to 360 degrees F.
  3. To bread the shrimp, take about 1/3 or 1/4 of the shrimp and toss in the egg mixture. Let the shrimp sit in the marinade for up to 5 minutes. Remove and place in the bread crumb mixture. Toss well to evenly coat the shrimp, and use a coarse sieve to sift the excess bread crumbs off into another clean bowl. Repeat the process 2 more times with the remaining shrimp and breading.
  4. Place the breaded shrimp in the hot oil in batches and fry, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the hot oil using a slotted spoon and drain on a paper-lined sheet pan. Serve the shrimp hot.

Enjoy!

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Turkey-Bacon Avocado Sandwich

When I began working full time after I graduated from college, I loved going to Whole Foods for lunch.  It became a very guilty and delicious habit.  The funny thing was that the options I chose for my daily lunch were things I could easily make from home.  My wallet told me this was a good idea and I am so glad I listened.  😉

This sandwich is one of my favorites.  As much as I love the combo of bacon and avocado, I don’t eat pork.  So like most of my restaurant favorites, I recreated the standard Club Sandwich on my own terms.  This one fills me up, is low on processed ingredients, and lends itself to easy modifications.  Oh and it takes less than 10 minutes to throw together.  What more could you ask for?

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Turkey Bacon Avocado Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices Oasis Low-Carb Flaxseed bread (use your favorite bread or whatever you have on hand)
  • 2 slices lean turkey bacon
  • 1/2 cup of shredded turkey breast
  • 3 slices tomato
  • 1/4 avocado
  • Handful of spinach

Instructions:

  1. On one slice of bread, layer the turkey and turkey bacon over the tomatoes and spinach.
  2. Smear the avocado on the other slice of bread.  If you want to add mayo, go for it.  But trust me when I say that all of these flavors together are perfect without it too.
  3. Put the halves together and wait for coworker envy.

What is your favorite thing to bring for lunch?

#SCBD Quick & Easy Homemade Mac & Cheese Recipe

So I’ve decided its time to get a little personal with you all, 2013 has been quite a wild ride for me thus far. My year was off to a great start until I got laid off from my job in the beginning of the year. I am currently seeking a full time editorial, public relations, social media, and/or television production position. If you know of any opportunities available please email me at sara@smallchickbigdeals.com, it will be greatly appreciated.  You can  view my LinkedIn profile, here. I am blessed to have the opportunity to work where I did and am looking forward to seeing what big opportunity is next.

So when I’m not writing lately, I’ve been job hunting, in and out of the city. I feel incredibly blessed that I can write here for you all on Small Chick Big Deals and everything its brought me and the team. I have so many deals, discounts, reviews, and interviews on the way for you all and the team has tons of posts up their sleeves as well.  As you can see I’ve been working on more recipes lately. Well, on top of the many mishaps that have thrown my life a little of track lately, something tragic happened this week on top of that. My informal adviser who guided me throughout college and helped me with my schedule, passed away. Well, she was actually murdered, you can read the story, here. It’s tragic and I am still in shock, probably will be for awhile. But this has only reminded me to keep my head up and stay strong. These past couple weeks have been hard, but I know Rose (who passed away) would tell me to keep it up, not give up and keep it moving. She always believed in me and I am so thankful I knew her as long as I did.

So the day I found out she passed away I went to the grocery store, got some ingredients and planned on making dinner that night. I made Homemade Mac & Cheese to go with steak I bought. My Mac & Cheese recipe is so easy to make and will make you never want to buy that Kraft crap again. This recipe brought me the comfort I needed this week. I dedicate this recipe to Rosaria Andraka, my longtime adviser who was always there for me. RIP Rose ❤

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Homemade Mac & Cheese- yum!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of pasta, I used Penne
  • 2 handfuls (or cups) of shredded cheese or cheeses of your choice, I used Mozzarella & Sharp Cheddar
  • 1 cup of half & half
  • 1 cup of skim milk
  • 4 Tablespoons of Butter
  • Salt, for taste

Instructions:

  1. Cook pasta as directed on box, strain so there is no water
  2. Put pasta back in the pot you cooked it in
  3. Add half & half and milk
  4. Turn on burner, leave on low-medium heat
  5. Add butter
  6. Mix so that is combined
  7. Add cheese
  8. Mix until sauce thickens, feel free to add more cheese as needed.
  9. When it’s to your liking– stir, serve, and enjoy!

Nothing screams comfort like Mac & Cheese, not to mention you have tons of leftovers and can always make different varieties of it. Next time, I plan on using bacon and cooking it in the oven the old fashioned way. This is just a quicker, healthier, and cheesier adaptation!

Happy Eating! 😀

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Gluten-Free Tortilla Salad Recipe

Hi Readers! I’m Lauren, the new gluten free gal of the Small Chick Big Deals staff! Not to brag or anything, but I’ve only been gluten free for a year and I’m really good at scoping out the most affordable gluten-free products and restaurants in the Tri-State.  I’m also practically a magician when it comes to concocting my own gluten-free recipes. So if you’re looking for some new ideas as to what to eat or where to go, stick with me and Small Chick Big Deals for the best of the best when it comes to all things gluten-free!

This week, I’m letting you all in on a not-so secret recipe created by yours truly! Like all of the recipes on SCBD, it’s really easy and affordable, and is practically perfect for lunch and/or dinner! So without further adieu, here’s the recipe for my gluten-free tortilla salad.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Toufuyan Gluten Free Wrap (Any Gluten Free Wrap will work)
  • 1/2 Head of Lettuce (or as much as you can cut and fit into a bowl)
  • Dried cranberries
  • Gluten-Free Candied walnuts
  • Feta cheese
  • Grilled Chicken (optional, especially for the gluten-free vegetarians)
  • 2 TBSPs of Ken’s Raspberry Walnut Dressing

Instructions:

1. Lay Toufuyan Gluten Free Wrap in a Perfect Tortilla bowls (like the one pictured). They are a great (and fun!) investment ($8.95 on AsSeenonTV.com). If you don’t feel the need to purchase one, laying the wrap flat on an oven safe pan works too!
2. Butter with PAM or melted margarine. Put the wrap in the oven and preheat it to 350 degrees. For the fastest results, let the wrap sit in the oven while it is preheating.
3. Wait until the wrap turns a light golden brown, then remove it from the oven. Use your best judgement with this one, guys.
4. If the wrap is flat, put it on a plate or in a bowl. If you used the Perfect Tortilla bowl, remove the rap from the metal bowl pan.
5. Insert the rest of the ingerdients as much and in whatever order as you like (though it is probably best to put the lettuce in first). I typically put in about half a head of lettuce but that’s how much fits into the Perfect Tortilla bowls. With the other ingredients, I say, put as in as you want, just as long as it’s not overflowing the bowl/wrap. I like to use 2 small chicken breasts and sprinkle a small amount of the rest of the ingredients.
6. Mix in about 2 TBSP of Ken’s Raspberry Walnut Dressing (or dressing of choice) and Enjoy!

The end result

The end result

Hope you guys enjoy my first gluten-free recipe! It’s a huge hit with my gluten-free mother and my not-so gluten free boyfriend so I hope you all like it too! I highly suggest purchasing those Perfect Tortilla bowls to get the full effect!

#SCBD Quick & Easy Breakfast Burrito Recipe!

Ever since 2013 began my latest breakfast obsession has been breakfast burritos. They are great to eat for breakfast or brunch and can make a breakfast lover out of anyone. Breakfast has always been a meal I eat daily because I know I work better with a little or in this case a lot in my stomach. Also, if you are on the run this a great portable breakfast that will make your stomach and taste buds a bit happier. There are a few different techniques to making them, in fact the first time I made them was with my boyfriend and our friend’s New Year’s Day but here is my most effective recipe.

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Ingredients:

  • 2-4 large eggs (depends on how many you plan on serving)
  • Salsa of choice
  • A pack of flour tortillas
  • Bacon (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper, for taste
  • Bag of shredded cheese (I prefer the Mexican Blend)

Instructions:

  1. If you plan on including bacon in your burrito prepare that first in a frying pan to your liking and put pieces on a plate with a paper towel so they aren’t as greasy.
  2. If you don’t plan on using bacon start by cracking eggs in a mixing bowl. Note: I use 2 eggs per burrito per person so if you are making for more than two people you may  need to use between 6-8 eggs but its up to you.
  3. Get out frying pan and spray with butter or olive oil spray, let it heat up for a minute or two.
  4. Whip eggs in mixing bowls, add salt & pepper and about a tablespoon or two of salsa.
  5. Pour egg mix into frying pan and scramble eggs to your liking.
  6. Once eggs are scrambled put them into a separate bowl.
  7. Spray pan with oil or butter spray again and heat tortillas over low heat to your liking.
  8. Put more salsa (if you want) and shredded cheese into separate bowls.
  9. Take your tortilla top with bacon, scrambled eggs, salsa and cheese to your liking.
  10. Fold into a burrito and enjoy!

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Next time you don’t know what to eat for breakfast or brunch think outside the box and try this breakfast burrito recipe, it’s delicious!

Happy Eating! 😀

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#SCBD Black Bean & Cheese Quesadillas Recipe

I find the best recipes ones that use a few, simple ingredients. Growing up I was always a fan of quesadillas and still am to this day. This past week, I realized I had a lot of black beans in my pantry so I figured I should put them to good use.

Here’s my quick & easy recipe for black bean and cheese quesadillas…

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Ingredients:

  • A bag of flour tortillas
  • A can of black beans
  • Bag of shredded cheese of choice preferably Mexican Mix
  • Salsa of choice
  • Oil or butter spray
  • Adobo Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper, as needed

Instructions:

  1. In a separate small pot prepare beans over heat for about 20 minutes. Feel free to put in Adobo seasoning and salt & pepper for more flavor. 
  2. Once beans are done cooking let simmer on low heat.
  3. Take out a frying pan that can fit your flour tortilla on it, spray with oil or butter spray of choice and let it warm up.
  4. Put tortilla on it and let it warm up to your liking for about a minute.
  5. Add beans, salsa, and cheese on to tortilla and let sit for another two minutes.
  6. Once the cheese has melted enough take one side of the tortilla over the other and flip so both sides are heated evenly. If you’d prefer to use two tortillas instead of one put another tortilla over the mix & then flip it.
  7. Keep over heat for another minute or two.
  8. Put it on your plate & enjoy!

This recipe is really easy and if you are not a fan of beans you can always substitute it with your meat of choice. Feel free to top it off with your favorite sour cream and guac if you’d like.

Happy Eating! 😀

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